Martha Kongsgaard was born and raised in Napa, Calif., to a family of jurists, grape growers and cattle ranchers. Kongsgaard met Peter Goldman in law school, married him in 1988 when they founded the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation. Her community activities currently include participation on the Washington Women’s Foundation, the national board and the executive committees of Earthjustice and IslandWood, where she is a founding board member. She recently chaired several major capital campaigns, including the Cascade Agenda, the expansion of IslandWood and the building of the LEED-certified Community Center at the New High Point. Kongsgaard has served as the president of Philanthropy Northwest and has spoken broadly about philanthropy and the environmental movement to wide and diverse audiences for the past 20 years. She is currently serving as Chair of the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership. She has three sons and lives in West Seattle with her husband, an environmental public interest lawyer, Peter Goldman.
1. What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?
West Seattle Blog to tell me why the ambulance just drove down my street;
West Seattle Herald to tell me about local schools – their administrators, school board members, and their students’ triumphs and challenges, for Its Police blotter, and to know who Ms. Hi-Yu will be this summer;
The Seattle Times, because it is there;
The Puget Sound Partnership’s press clippings;
Sightline’s aggregation of all things enviro;
PI on line, because i miss the old guard;
Publicola, because they are in the minute, young and opinionated (plus i can hear them on the other side of my wall at work);
The Stranger + Weekly when I can;
Eastside Business Journal if i were awake more hours;
Seattle Magazine, because it comes to me online which tells me who is wearing what (but not why).
Grist, but it’s not really local.
2. What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?
The New York Times,
The Seattle Times,
(crossword puzzles in both)
Morning Edition and All things Considered.
Mike Allen’s Playlist
I’ve been known to watch FOX news;
[also read The New Yorker, The New York Times Review of Books;
The New Republic, now and again]
3. Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?
4. Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?
Facebook, but not for news
5. What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?
Other than the locals mentioned in #1,
Mike Allen’s Playbook
6. Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?
No, i am old
7. Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?
yes, i do rely on the web more.
8. Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?
Carl Safina: Song for a Blue Ocean
Frederick Douglass: Narrative of Frederick Douglass
Patty Smith: Just Kids
Daniel Pauly: 5 Easy Pieces
Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem
J.M. Coetzee: Elisabeth Costello
John Lombard: Saving Puget Sound
Judith Layzer: Natural Experiments